I am currently out of the country and upgrade eligible with VZW. I called the Apple Store back in the states that's nearest to me and I asked them if my wife came and bought an iPhone 6 for me, does it have to be activated at time of purchase. They informed me that is does not, it can be activated later (like if it was a gift or something). The only reason this is an issue is b/c since this is an upgrade purchase I still need my current iPhone 5 to be active just so when I am traveling through airports in the states when I get home next month. My plan is just to take iPhone 6 to my local VZW store and have it activated there and give my wife my iPhone 5. Has anyone ever did this before and been successful? Like I said, I just need my current iPhone 5 active during my flights back to the states etc.